Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Victoria Duval wins debut at WTA Indian Wells Tennis Garden 2014

Haitian eighteen-year-old Victoria Duval, the sweetheart of last year’s US Open, nearly claimed a victory on her debut appearance at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The American won the opening set against Russian Alisa Kleybanova and broke open a 4-1 lead in the decisive set, but lost the final five games in a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 defeat.

Kleybanova was making her first appearance in Indian Wells since battling cancer. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in July 2011, four months after reaching the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. She made her WTA debut here in 2004, at the age of 14.

Coco Vandeweghe, 22, recorded her first tour-level win since the US Open, cruising past Romanian Alexandra Cadantu 6-4, 6-0 in one hour and 23 minutes.

Vandeweghe, who resides in Rancho Santa Fe, faces a second-round meeting with eighth seed Petra Kvitova. The Czech won their one previous meeting last year at Wimbledon.

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